The surgical miracles of 2018 you may have missed

Mildred Europa Taylor Jan 1, 2019 at 02:00pm

January 01, 2019 at 02:00 pm | 2018 in Review

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

January 01, 2019 at 02:00 pm | 2018 in Review

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When surgery began in the late 1800s, it was often met with infections and other complications that sometimes resulted in death.

With the absence of improved technologies, early surgeries were without recent advanced techniques, while anaesthesia became common only in the mid-to-late 1800s.

By the 1900s, the risk of losing one’s life after surgery was less than 50 per cent. Since then, surgery has progressed, leading to fewer complications and improved outcomes.

This year, the surgical field witnessed some mind-blowing incisions that saved precious lives and transformed others.

Face2face Africa covered a wide range of such surgeries and the following were the strangest yet amazing ones:

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